These goals for library instruction are in accordance with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education prepared and approved in January 2000 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
The Library's Instructional Role
The Library Instruction Program at Salmon Library supports the curriculum offered at UAH with instruction that addresses specific assignments and promotes lifelong information literacy for all library users. As academic communities confront the information age, library instruction aims to be responsive to cultural, technological & curricular change within the University.
For the well-educated individual, the ability to identify, select, critically evaluate, and utilize relevant information are skills as important as verbal and numerical proficiency. Since many library resources have become decentralized and are becoming more available where people live, work, and study, libraries now are but one connection in a global information network. Consequently, library instruction is increasingly important in helping university students acquire the necessary skills which will enable them to cope with the exponential growth of information and to become independent, life-long learners.
To this end, information gathering and evaluation skills must be learned and developed within the context of academic course work. Through a course-integrated, "active learning" approach to library instruction; the development of students' information-retrieval skills will parallel their academic and intellectual development. Library instruction coupled with academic course work will improve measurably students' academic studies, regardless of the discipline.
The UAH Library provides services which promote independent inquiry, refinement of research abilities, and critical thinking skills. Reference librarians at Salmon Library are eager to work with instructors to provide a collaborative learning experience for students.
In conjunction with the instructor, reference librarians present classroom sessions tailored to complement specific assignments, subject areas or resources in one of the computer classrooms at Salmon Library. Most often, sessions include demonstrations of accessing electronic resources, discussions of search strategies and hands-on practice. Librarians are also available to hold a session in any lab or classroom on-campus.